Motor Torpedo Boat 486


MTB 486 as she appeared when first discovered by the CCFT in 2006.  She was found when the CCFT began compiling a list of surviving boats of this type after discovering two in Malta being used as tour boats.  Both of the Maltese boats, alas, have since been discarded.

MTB 486 in July 2012.  She was the command of Lieutenant Commander C. Tony Law, who was also the senior officer (that is, the commanding officer) of the 29th (Canadian) MTB Flotilla.  Under his command, 486 had several fierce engagements with German schnellboots, driving them away from the beaches of Normandy.

Looking forward, the commanding officer's cabin in MTB 486.  This is where LtCdr Tony Law would have spent much of his time when 486 was not at sea.  Fortunately, virtually all of the original bulkheads and compartments within the hull are intact.

The engineroom.  Because of the low deckheads (ceilings), of about 5 feet, today most surviving boats have had the upper deck removed from this compartment and large deck houses built above.  486 is unique in that her engine room is entirely intact and looks much as it might have done during WWII, minus the three huge Rolls Royce/Packard Merlin engines, of course.

Until recently, this was the only known war-time photograph of MTB 486.  We suspect that most photographs of the flotilla were taken from MTB 486, which meant that she was excluded from being photographed herself.  

We now have photographs of MTB 486 from November 1944, and some colour film footage from the same year.  We hope to get further images posted to this site in the near future
(Image from White Plumes Astern, by C. Anthony Law)

MTB 485 at speed.  She joined the 29th Flotilla at the same time as MTB 486 and thus would most likely have been identical in appearance.


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